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Iryna V. Zenyuk
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Ph.D., M.S, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013, 2011
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, 2008

Professional Positions

2014-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering
2014: Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, EETD, Electrochemical Technologies Group

Research Interests

Assistant Professor Iryna Zenyuk's research focuses on fundamental understanding and design of next-generation fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries. The specific focus is on the transport properties within the porous medial of these electrochemical technologies. The research strategy employs a combination of novel materials, experimental diagnostic techniques and multi-scale theoretical and modeling works. Current research interests include:

  • Transport of neutral and charged species in porous media, electrochemical reaction kinetics, electric double layers
  • Electrochemical devices material characterization and design including in-situ component testing, electrokinetic measurements, synchrotron X-ray micro-tomography
  • Development of next-generation diagnostic tools for operando, in-situ and ex-situ testing

Short Biography

Iryna V. Zenyuk holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. She continued her studies at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Her graduate work focused on fundamental understanding of micro- and meso-scale interfacial transport phenomena and electric double layers in polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Professor Zenyuk continued her study of transport phenomena and reaction kinetics in electrochemical systems as a postdoctoral fellow, leveraging advanced modeling and experimental diagnostic tools to optimize the performance of next-generation fuel cells.

Zenyuk is also an internationally recognized chess player.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation for Science Advancement
  • 2017 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, CBET
  • 2017 Fraunhofer Award for Young Researchers, Interpore Society
  • 2017 Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Fellow
  • 2013 Best Poster Award (1st author), 1st place. PEM Fuel Cell Symposium, Fall 2013 Meeting of Electrochemical Society (ECS), San Francisco
  • 2012 "Best of the Posters," Gordon Fuel Cells Research Conference
  • 2012 Best T.A. Award for Outstanding Teaching in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2010 Best Poster Award (1st author), 1st place. Symposium of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy, Penn State University
  • 2010, 2011 Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, NSF
  • 2009 Research Graduate Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2004-08 National Deans List, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
  • 2004-08 Presidential Scholarship, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
  • 2007 Cordella Williams Memorial Award (best female scholar-athlete), Polytechnic Institute of NYU
  • 2007 James Hughes Jr. Award for promising student in mechanical engineering, Polytechnic Institute of NYU